Obama hits optimistic note at end of Midwest swing
August 17th, 2011
02:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama hits optimistic note at end of Midwest swing

ATKINSON, Illinois (CNN) – President Barack Obama expressed confidence Wednesday that America will ultimately overcome its current economic woes but once again blamed a dysfunctional, excessively partisan political system for hampering recovery efforts.

"Don't bet against America," Obama told a crowd at an agricultural plant in his home state of Illinois. "We have gone through tougher times than this before."

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  1. John, PA

    Look closely at that picture, it’s the teleprompter president making another useless speech, seems that’s all he can do. What could he talk about, higher unemployment, higher taxes, higher home foreclosure rates, our 401ks in the tank, the Stock market in the tank, the tax evading Democratic Party, his tax evading amateur hour administration, his tax evading appointee, out of control budget, how not to produce a budget! It's time for Obama and the tax evading appointee and Democratic Party (Timothy Geithner, Charles Rangel, John Kerry etc...) to RESIGN!

    August 17, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  2. Frank - Ohio

    He needs to drive his million dollar bus back to Washington today to start working on his first jobs plan.

    August 17, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  3. FM

    I do think it was very wise of the President to take this kind of a trip. People came to listen to him, he explained them what is in his mind and what he has done so far. It is now up to people to analyse why things are not moving quick enough and who to blame!

    August 17, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. Dave

    It's very simple – you can't compromise with radicals who care about nothing other than power. That's what the GOP is – a bunch of radicals who cannot take any responsibility for their actions and who, quite frankly, don't have the temperment or the brains to run a successfully country. They should be treated as such. They should not be coddled and they should not be reasoned with. Unfortunately, the Democrats have no spine and they roll over each and every time.

    August 17, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Why push for compromise when the other side has already said, "No!" Because the other side needs something to whine about. America is really sick of listening to the Party of Whine No.

    August 17, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |